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If you have a company that is able to contribute to creating trans-European transport, energy and digital networks, you may be eligible for a European subsidy under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). CEF investments aim to fill the missing links and solve the bottlenecks in these networks. CEF consists of 3 separate programmes.
CEF Transport aims at supporting investments in developing a well performing, sustainable and efficient transport infrastructure in Europe. In the Netherlands CEF Transport is carried out under the flag of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). You can find more information in Dutch regarding (the Dutch part of) the Trans European Transport Netwerk (TEN-T) on the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's website.
CEF Energy aims at the upgrading of existing, and development of new energy transmission infrastructures of European importance. A total budget of €5.35 billion has been made available for energy projects for the 2014-2020 period, of which €4.7 billion in the form of grants.
CEF Digital supports digital connectivity infrastructures such as high-capacity networks (including 5G), free high-quality wireless connectivity in local communities and cross-border digital connectivity service infrastructures related to energy projects and cross-border transport.
When do you qualify?
Proposals for CEF can be submitted by one or more Member States or, with the agreement of the Member States concerned, by international organisations, joint undertakings, or public or private undertakings or bodies established in Member States.
How to apply
You can apply for the CEF Transport call 2021 (in Dutch) from 16 September 2021 until 19 January 2022. An ongoing call for alternative fuels is also open. Please submit your Project proposal to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, in Dutch). You can use the English-language form projectideeformulier ENG (pdf), which you can find on the Dutch-language information page on RVOs website.
Please check CINEA's website for current Calls for more information on the calls for CEF Transport and CEF Energy. With regard to the CEF Transport programme, your project must be approved by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
For CEF Digital please check HADEA'S website for current calls.